PlayStation 3
PlayStation 3
The initial model of PlayStation 3 (left) and its PS3slim counterpart (right).
Developer(s) Sony
Release Date(s) November 11, 2006[1]
November 17, 2006[2]
March 23, 2007[3]
Price(s) $500 USD[2]
Colors Black
Units Shipped Worldwide
63.9 million[4]
United States'
13.5 million[6]
16 million[7]

The PlayStation 3 is a video game console released by Sony initially on November 11, 2006 for Japan,[1] and the 17th for North America.[2] The system was released in European regions on March 23 of 2007.[3] The PlayStation 3 is currently in competition with Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Sony's PlayStation 3 utilizes the capabilities of Blu-ray Discs as the system's primary storage medium, giving the system unique capabilities above its competition.[8]

History Edit

While production of the console began in the early 2000s, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 3 at 2005's E3 conference.[9] The system was shown off yet again at 2006 E3 conference, this time, showing off new ports and hardware for the console.

The PlayStation 3's launch was not as successful as Sony had hoped, selling over 81,000 units on its first day in circulation.[10] The American market's launch of the system was slightly more successful than the Japanese market, but the launch also suffered several accounts of drive-by-shootings and robberies during the night of the launch.[11][12] Due to material shortages for the development and mass-production of the console[13], the launch for other regions was delayed until spring of 2007.

The poor sales of the system was not what SCEI had intended for the console. Sony eventually began to lose money, not only from its initial release, but from regular sales of the system.[14][15] In April of 2007, Ken Kutaragi, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment, announced his plans for retirement. Though SCEI claims that Kutaragi was planning to retire no less than six months before his announcement[16], rumors persisted that this was due to the PlayStation 3's poor sales.[17]

Since the console's initial release, nearly 64 million PlayStation 3 units have been sold as of March 31, 2012.[4]

Technical specifications Edit

  • OS: XrossMediaBar System software version 4.21
  • CPU: 3.2 GHz Cell Broadband Engine with 1 PPE & 6 SPEs
  • Memory: 256 MB system and 256 MB video
  • Display: 550 MHz NVIDIA/SCEI RSX 'Reality Synthesizer'
    • Composite video: 480i, 576i (PAL)
    • S-Video: 480i, 576i (PAL)
    • RGB SCART: 480i, 576i (PAL)
    • Component: 480i, 576i (PAL), 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • D-Terminal: 480i (D1), 480p (D2), 720p (D4), 1080i (D3), 1080p (D5)
    • HDMI: 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • Connectivity: 60 GB and CECHExx 80 GB models
    • Flash memory input: MemoryStick/PRO/Duo · SD/MMC · CompactFlash/Microdrive
    • Audio/video output: HDMI 1.3a out · CEC (BRAVIA sync)· S/PDIF out (TOSLINK) · AV Multi out · Composite video/stereo audio cable · S-Video cable · SCART cable · Component video cable · D-Terminal cable
  • Input:Sixaxis, DualShock 3, Logitech Driving Force GT, Logitech Cordless Precision controller, standard USB controllers, GT Force, Rhythm game controllers, PlayStation Move, GunCon 3, PlayStation Portable, Keyboard and Mouse
  • Media: Blu-ray Disc (PlayStation 3 game disc)
    • DVD
    • Compact Disc
    • PlayStation game disc
    • PlayStation 2 game disc (1st & 2nd generations only)
    • Super Audio CD (1st & 2nd generations only)
    • Digital distribution

Accessories Edit

PlayStation Eye Edit

The PlayStation Eye is a digital camera and webcam designed to be used with the PlayStation 3. The device is essentially an upgraded version of the Eye Toy of the PlayStation 2. The PlayStation Eye was released in autumn of 2007.[18][19]

PlayStation Move Edit

PlayStation Move was unveiled on June 2, 2009 and released initially in September 2010.[20][21][22] is essentially a motion-sensing game controller designed for the PlayStation 3. The controller utilizes the functionality of the PlayStation Eye accessory to track the motion-sensor on the controller's movements. The PlayStation Move competes with the Wii's Wii Remote Plus and the Xbox's Kinect in the motion-control market.

Wireless Keypad Edit

The wireless keypad accessory was released initially in Europe November 28, 2008, and followed with releases in other regions in late 2008.[23][24] In addition to being a full QWERTY keyboard, the keypad sports a small touchpad for use as a mouth. The Keypad is used by either attaching it to the PlayStation 3 controller, or by setting aside, running on its internal battery life.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

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